Supreme Court reverses course, returns to remote argument
By: Jason Boleman January 10, 2022
The Supreme Court of Virginia announced on Jan. 3 that it will hear oral argument remotely for the January session, a reversal from its previous plan to conduct in-person argument.
“Due to concerns over the recent rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, its rapid transmission, and in consideration for the health and safety of participants and staff, oral arguments scheduled for the January Session of Court will be heard remotely,” the court said in a press release.
The court reversed its December decision to resume in-person argument as Virginia records record-high COVID cases due to the spread of the more contagious omicron variant of the virus.
The January session of the Supreme Court of Virginia will be held from Jan. 11 through Jan. 13. Links to live audio of the proceedings will be available at 9 a.m. each morning on vacourts.gov, which will also contain access to the dockets.
The court said in the release that it plans to resume in-person oral argument for the February/March session of court, scheduled for the week of Feb. 28.